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2014-09-25 08:29:34

AFIKIM, Israel, September 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Afimilk [http://www.afimilk.com ] is, for the first time, improving the fertility of tied cows by enabling their automatic heat detection with AfiAct II Stanchion. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140925/706118 ) AfiAct II Stanchion incorporates long-range data collection and leg-mounted behavior monitoring tags (AfiTag II) throughout the Stanchion barn. It sends heat alerts as breeding lists to...

2014-09-18 08:31:32

DUBLIN, Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Study Report on Rumiant Feed Supply and Demand in China" report to their offering. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20130307/600769 In recent years, along with the rapid development of domestic ruminant breeding, especially dairy cattle breeding, alfalfa hay has become rigid demand of herbivorous livestock. In view of low domestic alfalfa yield and quality, alfalfa supply gap is large, and...

herding sheep
2014-08-28 05:49:47

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Watching a shepherd and his sheepdog tend to the flock is a thing of beauty. There seems to be an unspoken communication between the two for when and how to gather the sheep. There are even competitions, such as the World Sheepdog Trials in Scotland, to showcase this intimate working relationship. But how do the sheepdogs know what to do? A new study led by Swansea University has found that sheepdogs have just two simple rules they use...

sheep and nematodes
2014-08-11 03:00:14

Molly Sharlach, Princeton University In the first evidence that natural selection favors an individual's infection tolerance, researchers from Princeton University and the University of Edinburgh have found that an animal's ability to endure an internal parasite strongly influences its reproductive success. Reported in the journal PLoS Biology, the finding could provide the groundwork for boosting the resilience of humans and livestock to infection. The researchers used 25 years of data...

2014-07-02 15:06:55

University of Bristol New research has found that a sheep's experiences soon after birth can shape its later behaviour and also that of its offspring. The study led by academics from the University of Bristol's School of Veterinary Sciences and published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters investigated whether early-life experiences can alter behavioural responses to a naturally painful event in adulthood – giving birth – and also affect behaviour of the next generation....

sheep genome sequenced
2014-06-06 07:54:15

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The first complete sequence of the sheep genome has been completed by an international team of scientists after eight years of collaboration. The 73 team members from 26 institutions across eight countries included scientists from the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine, CSIRO Australia, BGI Shenzhen in China and the University of Edinburgh, among many others. Their findings, published online in Science, shed...

2014-03-27 23:02:26

Though wool is still the larger product segment, over the past five years many sheep farmers have shifted production in favour of meat processing. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated its report on the Sheep Farming industry in Australia. Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) March 28, 2014 Operators in the Sheep Farming industry in Australia have faced mixed conditions over the past five years. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Brooke Tonkin, “waning industry...

Bighorn Sheep Inhabited Tiburon Island Centuries Ago, But Went Extinct
2014-03-20 10:01:38

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In 1975, 16 female and 4 male bighorn sheep were deliberately introduced to Tiburón Island, a large and mostly uninhabited island in the Gulf of California. However, these sheep are not necessarily an invasive species as a new report in the journal PLOS ONE has found that these animals actually lived on the island before and went extinct between the 6th and 9th centuries. Bighorn sheep were reintroduced to the island as part of a...

2014-03-10 12:24:05

NEW YORK, March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Electric Sheep, the online video destination sites Media Company announced a partnership with the social musical ecosystem for musicians, YouTab [https://www.youtab.me ], with the launch of the ultimate music inspiration site #Unblocker [http://unblocker.youtab.me ]. YouTab is a music ecosystem in which fans, music lovers and artists can engage with music. With a continuously growing community of tens of thousands of members,...

2014-03-06 16:26:53

The Sheep takes on the Dragons TORONTO, March 6, 2014 /CNW/ - Counting Sheep Coffee - the world's first coffee designed to be consumed before bed - will be appearing on Dragon's Den Wednesday, March 19 at 8 PM. For most people, the idea of having a cup of coffee before bed is a pipedream but with Counting Sheep, it's recommended! Enjoy a delicious cup of coffee with dessert or just before hitting the sack and drift off to a restful night of shut-eye. The gourmet coffee is...


Latest Sheep Reference Libraries

Gentile di Puglia
2014-09-30 10:16:58

The Gentile di Puglia, also known as the Italian Merino, is a breed of domesticated sheep that originated in the Tavoliere di Foggia plain of southern Italy. It was developed by crossbreeding Merino rams, first imported during the fourteenth century, with local ewes. During the nineteenth century further crossbreeding was conducted using imported Rambouillet sheep and Merinolandschaf sheep in the hopes of producing a breed with better quality wool. During the late twentieth century, when...

Galway Sheep
2014-09-30 09:49:31

The Galway sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that originated in Galway in western Ireland during the seventeenth century. It was developed after English Longwools were brought to the area, followed by the improved Leicester, which resulted in an early form of the breed known as the Roscommon. Both this type and the modern Galway breed highly resembled the improved Leicester. When the Roscommon breed society began to falter in 1923, it sought out Galway Sheep Breeders Society, later admitting...

Estonian Ruhnu Sheep
2014-09-30 09:33:28

The Estonian Ruhnu sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that originated on the island of Ruhnu in Estonia. It is thought that the breed descended from sheep that were left on the island during the fourteenth century by Swedish speaking settlers, who used it for its meat and wool. The population in 1944 was recorded to be 300, but this number has fallen to only 30 today. The Estonian Ruhnu sheep varies in weight depending upon the sex, with ewes weighing an average of 110 pounds and rams...

English Leicester
2014-09-26 10:19:08

The English Leicester, known by many other names including the Leicester, the improved Leicester, and the Leicester longwool, is a breed of domestic sheep that was developed in England during the eighteenth century by Robert Bakewell. It was one of the first purebred sheep breeds to be introduced into Australia and is one of a few remaining pure sheep breeds. Today, it can be found in many areas including the United States, New Zealand, and Great Britain. The English Leicester holds strong...

East Friesian Sheep
2014-09-26 10:01:06

The East Friesian sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that originated from East Frisia in Germany. Traditionally, this breed was kept in small groups by households to be used for the production of milk and today the breed does not do well in large numbers. It has a pink nose and pale hooves, but its best known physical feature is the tail, which is thin and hairless like a rat’s tail. The head is polled, meaning it does not grow horns, and its wool can be white or dark brown in color. The...

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